Blinks - Montia fontana

    Alternative names
    Water Blinks
    Description

    Very variable low to short, straggling plant. Stems are often reddish and the leaves are opposite, narrow-oval and rather succulent. The flowers are inconspicuous small (2 mm) and white.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Damp ground, especially where water lies in winter, in marshes and beside water and sometimes submerged. It favours acidic soils.

    When to see it

    April to October.

    Life History

    Annual or perennial.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 14 of the 617 tetrads.

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